Sunday, May 4, 2014

The Ponds and The Creek

Where others saw dilapidated houses, I imagined a forest and a creek.  The old houses were torn down and this is what replaced them.

It is always an exciting day when the creek is turned on.

Teddy is the most excited of all of us.

Go ahead puppy, get a good drink.

I think I will do just that, mama.  In fact, I already did, I have a wet mane.

The hillside strawberries are thriving.

Upon reflection, the new gazebo project is going to take longer than I thought.  We have to find someone to take the old one down and set a footer for the new one.  Maybe next spring?

Ramps planted!  I hope to have my own patch next spring.

This is the unused area behind the present gazebo.  I am hoping to locate the new one back here.

Teddy is perusing the lower gardens to see if anything is lurking below.

The columbines are blooming.

Teddy at her lookout post.  You can see the foxgloves I just planted just in front of her.

The middle pond.

The creek running down to the middle pond.

Looking up the path.

The bluebells are slow to spread.

An apple arch over the raised fruit orchard.  Boxwood trimming anyone? I have a lot of that ahead of me.

The fish are happy to have the waterfalls working.  I am amazed that they made it through the frigid winter.

My first currents.

I planted currants and gooseberries in this area and they should do well here.

Apple blossoms on the espaliered apple trees.

Teddy is like Goldilocks.  She makes sure to try out the water in each pond to find the one that is just right.

And then it is time to return to the mother ship.

She is still holding up her paw. I am pretty certain this is from a cracked pad.  Standing in the ponds several times a day should help clean it up.

The fountain is ready to be turned on.

The hostas are coming up behind the garage.

The phlox is blooming too.  Some of it died off so I will be replacing it soon.  Hope you enjoyed the tour!

18 comments:

thecottagebythecranelaketwo said...

I always enjoy a tour in Your garden! The creek look so long and I would like one here too but my garden is almost flat so I think it just would look odd and be a perfect place for mosquito larvae to grow in :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You are a woman of vision, Joyce.

Laurie M said...

I agree with Debra, it truly is amazing, such a wonderful eye for design you have, so much work, its huge, truly beautiful,

Alicia Foodycat said...

Magnificent. This is pretty much my dream garden! Although my Goldilocks water-tester is a hairy grey cat.

sandra hagan said...

For me a tour is always fun!

Patty Woodland said...

I hope the water does help her pad. Poor little thing.

Julie said...

What a magnificent place to spend your days.

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Cottage Tails said...

You sure have got your place stunning. It must be pure delight to work in it. Are you private in all areas of your yard? Love Leanne

Barb said...

Everything looks fresh and "Springy"

TARYTERRE said...

A lovely tour. I like bluebells. Teddy is so sweet checking everything out. Your creek and the waterfalls are awesome. LOVE THEM!

Guillaume said...

I love the pictures. Lovely garden during springtime.

Kay said...

You have the most amazing garden, Joyce and Teddy is the cutest, fluffiest dog!

Deb said...

I love woodland gardens. It must be a great refuge in the heat of the Summer. We're in the midst of bluebell season now in England.

Megs said...

What a lovely garden, and tour guide! I love your garden- so unique!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I ALWAYS enjoy the walks through your gardens..always! I was wondering how you keep water in the ponds..don't they dry up through the winter months. OR freeze solid? Interesting that the fish could live through a harsh winter, but they do other places..so..
The heat did a number on our yard. Lost a lot of my little Fairy garden..forgot to put in in the shade..makes me mad when I do something like that.
It's fun to watch Teddy do the tour with you..
You are probably right about her pad being split. That happens. The cold weather perhaps? Our weather is so dry here that dogs often have that happen to them. Just for different reasons.

chickpea678 said...

I loved the shot of the water cascading down. How did you plant the ramps? Are they bulbs?

luckybunny said...

Love these pictures, the gardens and of course Teddy :)